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Emily Flamm, Age 8

Emily Flamm’s fiction appears in Catapult, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Crab Orchard Review. This story, “The Bad Princess,” was written in 1989.

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The Bad Princess 1
The Bad Princess 2
The Bad Princess 3
The Bad Princess 4

— Emily Flamm, Age 8

Emily Flamm

“My sisters and I shared a bedroom. It felt like being held captive, but with friends—not much freedom or space, but we had each other and thus plenty to work with. Quarters and Nutty Buddies were obtained by stealth. Mud wads and flowers were smuggled in from outside for inspection and tasting. Hamsters did not last. Death was trivial. Jessica was the best name.”